Every year we make a trip right over the border to visit our favorite Wisconsin apple picking spot. We load up on apples and cider doughnuts, say hello to the goats and visit the famous “Big Cheese.”
It is a wonderful tradition shared with my husband’s family. We get there as soon as it opens in the morning and get out before the crowds get out of hand and the bees attack. There are always more apples than I intended so we eat a lot of apple dishes in September and October!
Baking an apple pie is another part of the tradition. I try to make the crusts the day before we go so we can have a homemade pie the same day we pick. My lovely sister-in-law gave me an apple peeler/corer/slicer which makes prepping the apples go much quicker. I highly recommend using one if you have lots of apples that need peeling.
It is always a great day and a great way to welcome fall in our home.
The recipe I use is adapted from The Joy of Cooking, All About Pies and Tarts, cookbook.